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17 April 2018

BDS Internet Auction 2018 opens 18th May - Catalogue available 20th April - Save the date!

Its not long now until the BDS internet auction, when some fabulous lots will be up for grabs again raising funds for the British Deer Society.

We have had great support from our donors and there will be some amazing items to bid for, such as:

• Number One of a new limited edition print of red deer by wildlife artist Ian MacGillivray
• A delicious Lunch Tasting Menu at the Michelin two star Ledbury Restaurant in Notting Hill
• A variety of country sports - salmon fishing, several stalking options or hunting wild boar in Germany
• Plus sporting goods, luxury holiday lets and even an off the grid camping and camp fire cooking experience.

Hosted by eBay for Charity, bidding starts early evening on Friday 18th May with individual lots starting and finishing early evening on 3 consecutive days. All lots run for 10 days before ending so if you aren’t lucky at first you can try again!

The Catalogue of Lots will be available in Deer and online from 5pm 20th April.

11 April 2018

BDS AGM - Final agenda now available

The two-day BDS Society AGM & Conference will take place in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Zoo and the Holiday Inn, Corstorphine on 18th and 19th May 2018.

The final agenda is now available.

  pdf Further information (140 KB) and pdf Booking form
(143 KB)

09 April 2018

Joint BDS West and BASC Stalking evening - 26th April 2018

6.30pm with talks starting at 7pm at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, GL19 3BE

Join the BASC and the BDS and enjoy a fantastic evening covering all areas of deer stalking & boar management. On the night there will be refreshments available on arrival with trade stands including Swarosvski,& Thomas Jacks.

Talks will include:
• FC Ranger Jamie Diplock talking about practical boar management
• DI's Graham Riminton discussing stalking opportunites
• Tim Hanks doing a butchery demonstration

03 April 2018

New plant list to help deter garden deer

Wild deer are increasingly being seen in urban areas, with species such as Muntjac and Sika deer expanding their range. When they stray into gardens they are known to strip flowers and foliage, and nibble tree bark.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is calling on the public to report damage to garden plants from deer. They want to produce a new list of plants that appear to be resistant to attack from the wild animals.

01 March 2018

 New Data Protection regulations are on the way

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force this May, replacing the existing Data Protection Act. BDS would like to assure all members and Deerbytes subscribers that the Society is working actively to ensure compliance whenever handling your data.

01 March 2018

Farmers Weekly Awards 2018 - Nominate/Enter Now

The Farmers Weekly Awards are the biggest awards in UK farming, recognising the very best UK producers across 15 categories, judged on a range of factors including business success, innovation and long-term vision. The winners are unveiled each year at a glittering awards dinner held in the Great Room at London’s Grosvenor House, attended by more than 1,000 farmers and industry leaders.

To nominate a farmer for an award, simply go to  and click on the “Nominate Now” button to fill in the short nomination form. You should aim to get your nomination in by the end of March at the latest, to allow time to submit the full entry by the deadline of 30 April.

07 February 2018

Snowy and frosty deer images needed for the annual BDS calendar

Especially for the wintry months of December, January and February. So get out there with your camera and take some photos! Images please in landscape rather than portrait.
Please send them to or mail

06 February 2018

BDS Internet Auction 2018 - request for lot donations

Every year the BDS runs an Internet Auction to raise funds for our scientific study and research into improving deer welfare, our education programmes and campaigns. We now need lots for the 2018 auction starting on 18th May. Thank you to all those who have already provided lots.

Can you donate a lot?
Most lots are donated by our generous supporters linked with the rural community, its pastimes and industries and so reflect these interests. Items range from countryside clothing, equipment and photography to fishing, stalking, sailing and ferreting. Fine dining, pub food, holiday lets, spa treatments, paintings, books and food also prove extremely popular!

We are really grateful to everyone who supports us.

If you would like to donate a lot please either call Helen on 01425 655434 option 3, or pdf download and complete the Lot Donation form. (52 KB)